Tragedy In Dubai

December 7, 2016

Caddie dies at Dubai Ladies Masters after collapsing with heart issue

The night before last week’s final round I watched the movie The Hunger Games and noticed a resemblance between Maddie and Jennifer Lawrence in the heroinic role of Katniss Everdeen. I mentioned this to Maddie that morning and concluded that all she needed was some collagen lip injections to complete the transformation as she already possessed the tenacity displayed on screen by the character. As we finished our warm-up and headed to the practice green, I continued the theme with this one line pep talk. “Let’s go get ‘em Katniss”. And she certainly did.

Her contact info on my cell now reads Madeleine Katniss Sheils.

Looking Forward

December 6, 2016

Looks like I may be hitting the road again next year. The problem is my car is a 2003 with 223,000 miles on the odometer. Still runs good but around $2,000 in repairs and maintenance are needed to make it safe and road worthy. Struts, front brakes, v-belt, and fluid changes all come to mind. A few smaller items – which are more of an annoyance –  need to tended to also. Doesn’t seem cost effective to me. Time to look for a new buggy. A few years old Camry might be the ticket.

My stress induced aches and pains have dissipated but a good might’s sleep remains illusive. Should be back to normal shortly. Did I say I’m not going to go through that again?🙂

Good hometown article on Maddie. Boise’s Madeleine Sheils reaches LPGA Tour, likely to begin rookie season in April

Here’s another. Former Husker Sheils Earns LPGA Playing Status

Then there was this:

Thomas Bjorn to be named European captain for 2018 Ryder Cup

Who’s joining the LPGA in 2017? A closer look at this year’s Q-School grads

McPherson mulling 2017 plans after missing cut at LPGA Tour Q-School

Watch an emotional Paige Spiranac speak out about the cyber bullying she’s faced

A strong international field expected for second DJ World Junior in February

Q-School Finals 2016 – Round 5

December 5, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

What a day it was! Started with a nervous double on the first hole (had to make a twelve footer to do that) and finished with birds on sixteen and eighteen to secure tie for 21st place and great status for the LPGA Tour next season. Since Maddie had the best final round, she goes to the head of the list of the three that tied.

We were first out of the box at 7:30 with perfect conditions. Not a breath of breeze then all hell broke loose. A gusty SE wind came in with a vengeance and made picking the right stick a challenge.

We were paired with Katelyn Dambaugh and Celine Boutier (with “Douche-bag Doug” on the bag). Doug’s reputation on the Symetra Tour is not a good one which explains the moniker he’s been assigned. This brings us to the ninth hole.

The ninth is actually the eighteen – the way the course is laid out – but they were switched for the tournament. It’s a dogleg left par four with a large oak guarding the left side and a hazard short of the green. Usually one of the best holes on the course, it was substantially subdued yesterday being downwind. A good drive leaves you with a short approach.

Both Maddie and Katelyn split the middle with their drives but Celine turned over her three metal (which her caddie said was perfect as it left the clubface) and was blocked by the corner oak.

Instead of chipping out, they went for the green. The ball clipped the oak and entered the trees in the hazard on the left. Maddie, Katelyn and me all agreed it entered just right of a predominant palm.

The ball was found about six yards left of where it hit the trees but Maddie had the spot marked. Celine did not see it enter and agreed with Maddie’s assessment but not “Douche-bag Doug”.

He tried to take control and give his player a more favorable drop to the right which gave her a better shot at the green. An official was summoned and given Celine did not see the ball enter, Maddie’s spot was accepted.

Celine hit it over the green and a good chip saved a double. Maddie made birdie.

As we took the shortcut through the trees to the tenth tee, Doug ripped into Maddie about the drop and warned of “karma biting her in the ass”. My blood immediately went to full boil! “Stop right there!” I said with considerable forcefulness, “You have a bad rep and I will call that official back.” That stopped him in his tracks.

Turned out it was good karma that did the biting. On the tenth green Maddie sunk a bomb from the back fringe and slam-dunked another on sixteen – which was heading off the green if missed – and must of had Doug soiling himself.

As we finished on the final hole, Doug eschewed the customary pleasantries and turned his back on Maddie as she tried to shake his hand. A true douche if there ever was one.

Maddie had only one three putt in ninety holes. Not bad for a lass that doesn’t look at the ball when she putts from fifteen feet and in.🙂

Had one good night’s sleep all week. So happy it’s over. Have no desire to work this event again. I’m still wired and need some zzzzzzz🙂

As of yesterday morning, the pairings on the LPGA website were incorrect. The link pointed to Saturday’s instead. Pathetic!

In conclusion, I have never seen anyone work harder to achieve their dream. Somehow Maddie put it all together in the one week that counted the most. This was not the Maddie I have been watching all year. This was special. Her determination was unparalleled. Her confidence never wavered. It was as if her will overcame all obstacles.

Yesterday could have been disastrous given our start and the confrontation with the other caddie on the ninth hole, but Maddie’s internal fortitude prevailed. Be it destiny? Maybe. Whatever it was, I consider myself fortunate to have taken part. It was a very special day for both of us.

Now for a bit of levity.

Hurricane Matthew carved its way through the Daytona International Course back in October and remnants still remain reminding us of the event. One in particular lays just behind the ninth green and I believe is a case of art imitating life. I call it “Anthony Weiner” by Mother Nature.

Anthoy Wiener tree

Then there was this:

This Week In Golf Biz: Record LPGA Prize Purse, Caddyshack Yacht For Sale, $35 Billion … “Hey Smails! My dinghy’s bigger than your whole boat”

Q-School Finals 2016 – Round 4

December 3, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Lost one to par again. No holding back tomorrow.

Q-School finals 2016 – Round 3

December 2, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Two under today moves us up a notch.

Katherine Perry, Nannette Hill and Jennifer Ha were on the first tee in front of us. Only two were on the tee awaiting their announced start when Jennifer came running up just in time. Or was it? Their time was 8:55 but my watch had it past that and she was not inside the ropes. To us it looked as if the starter cut her some slack to get to the tee.

Maddie asked the starter if Jennifer made it in time and she hesitated, then said she just did. Bullshit I say! Not knowing if my watch was accurate, I checked it after the round. Turned out it was slow! She missed it by more than I thought. Should have been a two shot penalty.

Then there was this:

Brazilian golf officials dispute dire reports about Olympic golf course

Furman Golf Course To Join Rotation For BMW Charity Pro-Am In 2017

Catriona Matthew provides early Queens boost for Ladies European Tour team

Q-School Finals 2016 – Round 2

December 1, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Lost one to par today. Still in the hunt.

The LPGA 2017 schedule is out. Lorena’s event is now match play and will be held much earlier in the season.

Yesterday, there was a volunteer sitting in a folding chair behind the seventeenth green a foot or so from the water. He was stationed to watch for balls entering the hazard left but what he probably didn’t realize is that’s where the largest gator in the neighborhood has been known to sun himself. He could turn into gator bait in an instant.

Then there was this:

Texan man brutally beaten on golf course after another golfer hit into his group

Golf doesn’t need Tiger to come back, but ‘it would make for a fantastic final chapter’

Eddie Southards: Peggy Kirk Bell’s magnificent journey in golf

This story about the second life of lost golf balls will make your day

Ex-Yankee Derek Jeter now a fast-improving golf addict

Q-School Finals 2016 – Round 1

November 30, 2016

My player is Madeleine Sheils.

Birdied two out of the last three for a -2 round. Good start.

As expected, the best scores came off the Jones Course. We battled up to a two club wind all day but on the Jones, the direction is easy to figure. Heard it was really swirling on the Hills.

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